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1 03, 2016

Homelessness growing in York Region

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles|

York Region homelessness growing Steve Somerville An Inn from the Cold user sits by the front entrance. Newmarket Era By Lisa Queen As Tom Johnson gathered together his belongings at Newmarket’s Inn From the Cold before facing another day wandering the streets, he talked about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child that has left him emotionally broken and led to his homelessness. “I have gone through, physically, mentally, pure living hell and to cope, when nobody’s around, I crack open a bottle of wine and I’ll sit somewhere and I’ll drink it,” he said. “I don’t have a [...]

30 11, 2015

The hidden homeless in Toronto’s suburbs

November 30th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at CBC. Download the print-friendly PDF here. The geography of poverty in Toronto is changing. It is shifting from the downtown core to the suburbs. Ontario sees rise in seniors using food banks, report finds Toronto homeless routinely shelters at max capacity An inside look at the harsh realities of homelessness The Daily Bread Food Bank's latest report shows demand for food banks falling downtown and climbing — by 45 per cent since 2008 — in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. Agencies are scrambling to meet the increased demand. Though the location is different, the human [...]

31 10, 2015

Hidden homelessness growing in York Region

October 31st, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at The Toronto Star. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Who could possibly be homeless in York Region? The vast area comprising nine municipalities north of Toronto appears to be a blueprint for suburban affluence; families live in large homes with two-car garages, grassy backyards and good schools and shopping just a short drive away. Dave Rogers was homeless in York Region. So were 30 other men who jammed Porter Place in East Gwillimbury — York Region’s only men’s shelter — to capacity the day Rogers showed up in the fall of 2010. Hooked on alcohol and [...]

30 09, 2015

Birthday Angels make sure children in shelters not forgotten

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at yorkregion.com. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Sometimes, we take for granted the simple things in life, such as a birthday party. Debora Taylor read a magazine article about a girl in the United States who had her first birthday party ever at a shelter, where an organization provided children forced to flee violent homes for safety with a birthday party. “I told myself I would love to get involved in something like that but I couldn’t find any similar organization in Canada.” That didn’t stop Taylor. She founded Birthday Angels in 2014. Originally from Bradford, [...]

24 02, 2015

Blue Door’s Kevin Kennedy Receives 2014 Doug E. Lear Award

February 24th, 2015|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. The Doug E. Lear Award, sponsored by Allstate Canada, is handed out annually at United Way of York Region’s Spirit Awards ceremony during our signature Celebration event. In memory of a dedicated and exemplary community volunteer and long-time Allstate Executive Doug E. Lear, this award honours a volunteer in our region who best exemplifies service to the community in the Human Services field. This year’s Doug E. Lear Award has been given to a man who has devoted much of his life to supporting [...]